I am a real fan of mystery and detective fiction of all sorts, and I really enjoyed Tilt-A-Whirl for what it was - a light, humorous book, with good characters, and, of course, one where the good guys win.
The two main characters are Danny, the narrator, who is a 24-year-old beach bum/ part-time cop earning a few dollars over the summer; and Ceepak, his very straight-laced ex-military partner. Danny is a great foil for Ceepak - Danny is naive and young, whereas Ceepak is experienced and worldly and...not so much up to speed on pop culture!
While this is a fun book, it is not a "cozy" mystery (no old mansions, locked-room murders or elevenses!). There is murder, conspiracy, some swearing, serious crime and crime-solving, however!
I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book and yes, I plan to go through the series!
I am a mystery and thriller fiend, and I really enjoyed this fast-paced and fun listen. As some other reviewers said, maybe the story isn't totally believable, but this is fiction, and it was fun.
There was enough action and twists and intrigue to keep me hooked, and I did not feel disappointed or cheated by the end.
I enjoyed the narration, and the very well-organized chronological presentation of these lectures. The history recounted focused on major events and as they affected the daily lives of the people, often mainly middle class. It's not about slavery so much, or the downtrodden, but the lives and lifestyles of the average person throughout history.
Really an excellent listen, and a book I'll go back to listen to again, choosing out my favourite lectures!
It is, as another reviewer pointed out, not for absolute beginners. It is a series of dharma talks by Joseph Goldstein, a prominent vipassana teacher renowned for his work in the West.
Roots of Buddhist Psychology by Jack Kornfield, which is also a series of talks on Buddhism.
A sense of peace, and experience. He is a teacher, and verbal transmission just seems to work better.
Being aware, being present, being compassionate.
A few earlier comments indicated that track 6 was out of place - this has been fixed and the audio plays very well.
Yes - this was a good mystery, a fun listen, and I was able to revisit two characters who I really like.
Harper - the female lead and narrator of the story - was my favorite. She's interesting, has super-natural powers, and is actually rather complex for a simple tale.
When they find out the mystery of Harper's sister's disappearance (a mystery that has plagued Harper through the first three books).
Not extreme. This book was good, I recommend it. It had funny parts. It was a fun listen.
If you liked the first three books, give this one a go - it solves a lingering mystery.
Hilarious. Sexy. Action-packed.
This Grave series (Charley Davidson series) reminds me a lot of Victoria Laurie's Psychic Eye series: both are really fun, both have a strong but odd female lead who also has "extra" powers (Laurie's character is psychic; Jones' character is The Grim Reaper and talks to dead people), and a fun male lead, and both are mystery-solvers!
Of course, Charley was my favorite! And Lorelei King has to be one of the best narrators EVER.
This book made me laugh out loud in public places! I had been in a down mood when I found this book, and it was just what I needed.
This is a fun super-natural romantic mystery novel that kept me smiling. I have read or listening to the first four books in the series. I have number five ready, and am excited that number six has just been released!!!
If you enjoy the original Frost books by R.D. Wingfield, you will probably really enjoy this book. The narrator is excellent (the same as for the original books, I think), Frost is his usual disorganized and yet brilliant self, and the writing is very well-done.
In this book - the second written by Wingfield's successor, James Henry - we see Frost's conflicted relationship with his wife and with PC Clarke; we see the friction between him and Mullet; and we see the good rapport Frost seems to have with most unlikely people - felons and coppers alike.
This was a fun listen, with parts that made me laugh, and did not get too sappy or emotional, so it stayed pretty light.
I hadn't heard of Victoria Laurie before listening to this, the first in the Psychic Eye series, and it was such a gem to find.
Since this book, I've listened to a lot more in the series, or read them in ebook format. Love this series, but this, the first, is my favourite!
The Charley Davidson "Grave" series by Darynda Jones - like the Psychic Eye, these books have a funny female investigator with supernatural or special powers.
Abby, for sure - but this is probably because she is the first-person narrator of the book.
It was so funny, and very light, and entertaining. It was just what I needed to pick me up at that time.
If you feel like a nice, light listen, with a funny narrator who has a knack for sticky situations, and a sexy potential love interest in the FBI, and if you don't mind laughing out loud when listening in public, get this book.
This story was not what I expected, I suppose, and so I feel cheated because it did not have the resolution of a real mystery or suspense novel. I don't want to give any spoilers but, well, unlike other legal thrillers, this one does not provide an investigation and capture of the real criminal....
This book was good in other ways, though. First, it provides a look into the Italian judicial system, which is especially interesting now in light of the Amanda Knox case. It's a system that seems bizarre to North Americans, I am sure.
Second, and best, was the narration. Sean Barrett (the narrator) did an amazing job conveying the personality of the novel's protagonist and narrator, the lawyer, Guido. He also was amazing at capturing different voices throughout the novel, and especially good at the Senegalese accent of the accused.
So, it wasn't an awful book, but I felt very cheated without a proper solving of the case. The story is really just about Guido coming to terms with his life situation, dragging himself back into life, taking on a very challenging case, and defending his client.
I bought this book as a Deal of the Day, so I don't feel too peeved. But I would have been very annoyed, indeed, if I had used a credit or paid more than $3 for it!
I have read several Peter Robinson's DCI Banks books, and have enjoyed them all. In this novel, there are two mysteries which unravel side by side - the 35 year old disappearance of Banks` friend, and the current disappearance and murder of a teenage boy. This one was not my favourite, but it was definitely a well-crafted story, and introduced a new female detective - Michelle Hart - who works with Banks as he delves into his past.
This is the first Banks novel that I listened to (the others I read on my Kindle), and while the story was good, the narrator was dreadful, and it took me half the book to get past the bad narrator and enjoy the tale.
Why is Ron Keith a poor narrator? Let me list the ways :
-he sounds, throughout the novel, like he is telling a joke, and working up to the punchline. It feels like he is repressing laughter. So annoying.
-At several points, he just doesn't get the tone right. For example, in one part, the narrator says something like, "It wasn't me" in a loud voice, then says, "he whispered". Well - then whisper it!!!!
-Another problem is the accents. Nobody seems to have a different accent at all, and yet Banks says to Michelle, "I thought that's where you were from by your accent". Well, what accent, I wonder?? Hers and everyone else in the book speaks the same.
One thing, though - the narrator did do okay differentiating between the characters. So, that's good.
I was able to mostly get past the narrator and enjoy the story, but I'm sure I would have enjoyed it much more with a better narrator. I will make sure to never listen to another book narrated by Ron Keith.
Fast-paced and complex.
How the series characters, especially Tony and Carol, develop a little more. And I really, really liked the story, too. The only reason I gave it four stars and not five is that I'd like more men in the stories, too.
I don't think I've heard Doyle's other performances, but I will definitely keep an eye out for him. I thought he did an excellent job narrating Cross and Burn, capturing accent, mood and voice superbly.
Once I got started, yes, I could have kept listening. In fact, I listened to the last half of the book straight through one long night when I had insomnia. Very engaging.
The crimes in this book, like others of McDermid's novels, are harsh, but, in my opinion, this book is a bit less gruesome, a bit more gentle, than the other books in the series. And I liked that. It was far less harrowing than The Retribution (that preceded Cross and Burn), and had a solid storyline, a really good mystery and British detective/police procedural.
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